A Stone County parolee convicted on a state meth charge has now pleaded guilty to a meth-distribution charge in federal court.
Michael Allen Webb, 43, pleaded guilty Monday to possession with intent to distribute meth. The charge carries maximum penalties of 20 years in prison, three years of probation and a $1 million fine.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden set his sentencing for Dec. 19.
Webb, held with no bond, was on parole for a meth-possession conviction in Stone County Circuit Court when he was found with meth May 14 after he checked out of a Gulfport hotel, court records show.
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When asked his intentions for the meth, Webb said, “I’m going to say it is for personal consumption. I like to freak the ladies with it,” a DEA Task Force agent wrote in his affidavit.
A Harrison County narcotics investigator had received a tip that a woman and a man had a large amount of meth at the EconoLodge Inn & Suites on U.S. 49 in Gulfport, but they would be checking out of the hotel, the agent said.
Drug and firearm task force agents set up surveillance and saw Webb put bags in a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck and a Mustang, and objects in the truck’s exterior toolbox. A Harrison County deputy stopped Webb on traffic violations on U.S. 49 in Saucier.
Meth, pistols and pipes
The Task Force agent has said Webb had 192 grams of meth, paraphernalia and two loaded 45-caliber pistols — a Glock and a Taurus. The paraphernalia included a digital scale and a bubbler — a small smoking pipe that uses water — and a small glass smoking pipe.
The agent said Webb told narcotics and firearm investigators he had been using the bubbler to smoke meth and said he had just bought s quarter-pound of meth for $1,800 the day before.
Webb told them he bought an “8 ball,” about 3.5 grams of meth, once a week and distributed 1 or 2 ounces a week, the affidavit said.
The woman with him was not arrested.
Other charge, two convictions
A federal grand jury had also indicted him on a charge of using a firearm in the furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. The judge will dismiss that charge as part of Webb’s plea agreement.
The lead investigator is a Harrison County deputy assigned to a DEA Task Force. He received help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Webb was convicted of possession of precursor chemicals used to make meth in 2005 and possession of meth in 2009. His probation had been revoked twice, a court document said.
His tentative release from parole on the 2009 conviction was set for Aug. 8, 2017, the state prison website shows.